United States v. Fitzpatrick, No. 18-3312 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 223 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense. The court held that the district court expressly considered defendant's difficult upbringing, but refused to attribute his extensive criminal history solely to his harsh rearing experiences. In this case, the district court explained that defendant's criminal history outweighed his mistreatment. Accordingly, the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying defendant's request for a downward variance.